Third victim of house blaze dies

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A schoolboy left critically ill following a house fire which killed his father and younger brother has died from his injuries, police said.

Jack Sykes, 12, was rescued from the blaze in Tennyson Close in Penistone, South Yorkshire, by firefighters shortly after 6.30pm last Wednesday.

He was treated in hospital for almost a week but died last night.

Detectives confirmed the fatal fire was started deliberately and an accelerant was used but said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Jack’s nine-year-old brother Paul and 44-year-old father Darren were also rescued from the blaze but died later the same evening in hospital.

The three were found by firefighters on the first floor of their semi-detached house.

South Yorkshire Police said today: “A 12-year-old boy left critically ill following a house fire in Penistone has died as a result of his injuries.

“Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October. A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by firefighters.

“His older son, Jack Sykes, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but lost his fight for life last night.

“Detectives investigating the fire have confirmed it was started deliberately and that an accelerant was used. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“The investigation continues on behalf of the coroner.”

Jack attended Penistone Grammar School and Paul was a pupil at Springvale Primary School, also in Penistone.

After Paul’s death, headteacher Andy Platt said: “Following the recent tragic events in Penistone, all of us at Springvale Primary School wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Paul Sykes at this very difficult time

“Paul was an outgoing, popular boy who was blossoming into a fine runner and cornet player. He will be greatly missed.

“The pupils and staff at Springvale are being very well supported, both by an experienced team of specialists from Barnsley Council and members of the wider community.”

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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